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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 08:56 PM
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Posted By RalphG
Patching Trunk Floor

Since it has been pointed out to me how dangerous and irresponsible I am for running a plastic marine tank in the trunk of my 52 Mercury, some of you will be relieved to hear I am taking steps to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 350
Posted By RalphG
Re: Hot today

Got up to the thawing point here the last few days so it was nice working out in the shop with the South door open for some solar heat. I could even take my mitts off to do some welding etc. That is...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-02-2019, 01:28 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,238
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

Just to add fuel to the fire (pun intended) our common method of getting an old vehicle started and running,, bypassing a rusty dirty fuel tank, was to use a plastic oil jug sitting beside the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,238
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

I guess it is a minor miracle I have survived over 60 years working around machinery and hazardous materials unscathed considering my cavalier attitude to safety.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By RalphG
Re: 52 Merc fender replacement

Thanks for fixing that link. I hadn't stopped to check it but assumed it was right. Apparently not.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,238
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

40 years ago I'd agree, gas fumes were pretty volatile. We used to light fires and use a little gas as an accelerant out in the bush piles. And yes, throwing a lit match would have an explosion...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,238
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

This will come as no surprise to some that know me but I do have a plastic container of gas in the trunk of the 52 Merc. In fact it is my gas tank! The original tank rusted away to dust years ago and...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By RalphG
52 Merc fender replacement

The final (I think) video of swapping fenders on the Merc. The 53 parts car had pretty nice and relatively rust free front fenders so I figured why not use them on the 52. The right front on the 52...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-29-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By RalphG
Re: 337 flathead running

This one sounds nice. I wonder how fast the "Muntz Jet" was with it's Lincoln 337 flathead?
https://youtu.be/_ZecAAJwb18
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-25-2019, 01:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 577
Posted By RalphG
Re: Anybody experienced cast iron degradation?

Fire maybe? I've never seen a problem inside an engine but its pretty common for the cast exhaust manifolds to turn brittle and break during removal.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-25-2019, 01:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,038
Posted By RalphG
Re: Making an old radiator grill look good

Steel wool works wonders. I used it on every piece of stainless and chrome on my Mercury.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-24-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 134
Posted By RalphG
Merc Fender Removed

My crude repairs on the 52 Merc won't appeal to many but for the few that are interested in low buck farmer fixes to keep an old car on the road, here is the latest. Temp warmed up to near 40 degrees...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-23-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,799
Posted By RalphG
Re: tesla Truck

The Tesla truck is pretty ugly. If I had to drive an electric it would be one like this 49 Mercury built by Johnathon Ward of "Icon Derelict" fame.
And yes, if Ford built a brand new 70s vintage...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-23-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By RalphG
Re: Rusty Buckets

Mart, I'd say new rockers are on my "wish list" since I would also need a floor to weld them on to. Basically it needs a new floor and rockers. The chances of that happening are slim, but not...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-22-2019, 11:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By RalphG
Rusty Buckets

Just some video of me finally getting to work removing and replacing the rusty front fender on the Merc. I found the headlight bucket pretty rusty on the 52 fender so am going to use the one from the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-22-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 446
Posted By RalphG
Re: Mart's Crusty Flatty. Teardown continues: Crank removal!

Its getting a bit cool in the workshop for that kind of stuff here. Plus I hate taking things apart now because the parts inevitably seem to get stored away (lost) and by the time I want to put it...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-17-2019, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 388
Posted By RalphG
Re: 46 Merc Engine Questions

I had the same oil filler tube on the 46 Ford truck engine. All it had at the back was a vent above the fuel pump.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-17-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 388
Posted By RalphG
Re: 46 Merc Engine Questions

Head bolt heaters were common here. Dad had one on the 52 Merc. It got left out on the rebuild as my brother didn't think we would ever run it in cold weather. Far as I know the Mercury truck engine...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-17-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By RalphG
Re: C&G Rubber Parts

The C&G number is 8A-3025 for that rubber suspension bumper so I'd assume it is right. They were cheap enough that I ordered two even though the left side bumper is still in place. I don't know how...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-16-2019, 11:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By RalphG
C&G Rubber Parts

A while back I was inquiring here about replacing a missing rubber bump stop on the upper frame under the suspension arm of the 52 Merc. I got a couple of new ones from C&G Parts, reasonably priced....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-16-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 922
Posted By RalphG
Re: Flathead Friday. New project. Rusty Crusty Flatty. VIDEO.

Mart, I'd say that rusty flathead has as good or better chance of getting unstuck than either of mine do. Its going on 4 years since I've been pouring various mxtures down the carb and spark plug...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-10-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By RalphG
Re: EAB flathead, noise pushing it under load

I remember years ago when we had an old tractor that would squeek under load. It was the head gasket leak causing the noise. I don't recall if it had any other signs of leakage except the squeek.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-08-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By RalphG
Re: Back to the scheduled programme. 41pu gets a new fuel gauge.

Watched and liked Mart. I wondered about the ending until you said here what it was.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-05-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 796
Posted By RalphG
Re: late flathead oiling?

I'll have to take a look at the seized 53 Mercury engine I have sitting on a stand in the shed and see what it has. I know it had the original filter arrangement. Same as the 52 that I drive. For...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-01-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 830
Posted By RalphG
Re: 6 volt turn signals ????

Signal stat was a popular name brand in add on signal light kits back before signals were common on vehicles. I've got a couple of them on fifties IH trucks. Also salvaged another one from a rusted...
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